Field Trials Reports: University of Minnesota

Field Trials Reports: University of Minnesota

'Surfinia Patio Blue' from Suntory

Trial manager: Steven R. Poppe, Horticulture Scientist, University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Highway #329, Morris, Minn., 56267, [email protected]


Planting dates: All trial annuals were planted the week of May 28 and the week of June 4.

Number of entries: 487

Weather conditions: The 2012 growing season, (frost-free) was 155 days, (average is 144) with the last spring frost on April 20 and a fall frost on September 23. Rainfall between May 1 and September 26 was 12.63 inches, 3.27 inches below normal. May, June and July had above-normal temperatures, with August being below normal. May through August had 10 days of 90°F or higher temperatures.

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Top Performers

Begonia ‘Whopper Red With Bronze Foliage’
Angelonia ‘Serena Blue’
Pentas ‘Northern Lights Lavender’
Begonia ‘Million Kisses Devotion’
Petunia ‘Supertunia Raspberry Blast’
Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Red’
Diascia ‘Darla Orange’
Plectranthus ‘Fuseables Chocolate Symphony’ (coleus)
Calibrachoa ‘Million Bells Bouquet Brilliant Pink’
Petunia ‘Surfinia Patio Blue’